Union of Concerned Scientists: Latest UN Emissions Report Shows We Are Sleepwalking Towards Climate Catastrophe, Need to Wake Up and Act

Statement by Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy Published Nov 26, 2019 WASHINGTON—The United Nations Environment Programme released its annual emissions gap report today. Below is a statement by Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists with more than 30 years of experience working on international climate and energy issues, who spoke at a …

Problems with Western approach to climate change action, loss and compensation

By Vijay Prashad, Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.December 6, 2019 | EDUCATE! In Madrid, Spain, the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference—known as COP25—began on December 2. Representatives of the world’s countries gathered to discuss what is decidedly a serious problem for the planet; no one, except dangerous political forces in the neofascist right, denies the reality of climate change. What prevents …

Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam

Dec. 10, 2019, Climate Solutions Solar energy innovations on land, on water, and…underground?  Floating solar panels may be the next big thing in renewable power In East Asia, floating solar arrays are already popular as a way to meet countries’ ambitious solar targets in places where land is limited. In the U.S., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates there are …

More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active,” a group of leading scientists have warned

By Tim Radford, Climatenewsnetwork.netNovember 30, 2019 | EDUCATE! Changes afoot now in at least nine areas could drastically alter the Earth’s climate. There’s no time left to act on these tipping points. LONDON, 28 November, 2019 – On the eve of a global climate summit in Madrid, seven distinguished climate scientists have issued an urgent warning of approaching planetary tipping points: within a few years, they …

Flash drought: ‘Really wet to really dry, really fast’, and even as the amount of damage increases, governments and residents have less time to repair before the next storm hits

Luebehusen plotted what experts call a “flash drought.” While not fully understood, these quick-developing droughts might be another signature of climate change. Experts say a flash drought often begins as a pin-sized swelter in one county, then expands like an amoeba across the landscape. The droughts are often accompanied by erratic precipitation over sharply defined geographic areas. The downpours can …

How long will these salmon be here?

NYTimes, Sept 2019 Many experts believe the orcas are starving in large part because of the decline of wild salmon. This year alone, their number has dropped from 76 to 73, alarming conservationists and scientists. Last year, an orca mother carried a dead calf for 17 days on her back. She was presumed to be grieving. “The best thing you …

Slimy lakes and dead dogs: climate crisis has brought the season of toxic algae

Warming water and pollution are contributing to a variety of harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc on aquatic environments Susie Cagle in San Francisco 19 Sep 2019, The Guardian From New York City to coastal California, a poison-producing living slime is overtaking waterways and shorelines, killing pets, ravaging tourism markets and making its way into local drinking water. So far this …

Fire and hail push insurers to rethink climate change risks

Lena Masri, Reuters, Sept 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burned both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses.An aerial image shows the damage …